OUR TEAM

EXECUTIVE TEAM

ROB SPANJAARD

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Rob is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Rezco Asset Management. During his tenure, Rezco has achieved a market-leading investment track record and won eight best fund awards in major categories.

Rob is a graduate of UCT, during which time he won the national Financial Mail reader stock picking competition. Rob then worked as a portfolio manager for Momentum Life. He left to co-lead a private equity deal before buying into Rezco and returning to investment management.

Rob's lifelong fascination with companies, markets and investing has led to refined investing principles that he has infused into the Rezco team, to create a culture of innovative investment thinking.

RONALD CAPE

OPERATIONS HEAD & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ron joined Rezco in 2004, after returning from the USA where he completed his MBA. He serves as Operations Director of Rezco. Ron is highly experienced in all facets of Rezco Asset Management.

BRIAN DU PLESSIS

CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS HEAD & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Brian joined Rezco Asset Management in 2011 as an equity analyst. Prior to joining Rezco, he worked at Goldman Sachs, in London, as a Natural Resources Mergers and Acquisitions analyst before returning to South Africa in 2010. In 2012 he took up the responsibility of heading up distribution for Rezco. In 2015 he was made a Director of Rezco and is now responsible for all distribution aspects at Rezco.

SIMON SYLVESTER

HEAD OF RESEARCH & CO-PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Simon worked previously in roles at Deutsche Bank (London), Cogito Capital and Discovery Invest. Simon qualified from UKZN with a B.Bus Sci (Finance Honours), and holds the CFA and CIPM designations.

Simon, as Head of Research, has a keen interest in how to incorporate new technologies with behavioural finance and traditional investing to build a highly focused, alpha generating research capacity at Rezco. As Co-Portfolio Manager, Simon works closely with Rob in order to generate exceptional risk-adjusted returns for Rezco’s clients. Simon has filled these roles at Rezco since the end of 2017.

INVESTMENT TEAM

ROB SPANJAARD

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Rob is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Rezco Asset Management, a position that he has held since 2004. Since then, Rezco has achieved a market-leading investment track record and won eight best fund awards in major categories.

Rob graduated from UCT with a B.Com and CTA , and won the national Financial Mail reader stock picking competition as a student before passing the Chartered Accountants Board Exam. He then worked as a portfolio manager for Momentum Life. Rob left to co-lead a private equity deal that involved purchasing the assets of a bankrupt company. As CEO, Rob grew the turnover and profits by a compound 25% per annum for 15 years. When Rob and his consortium exited in 2005, Sovereign Foods was the most profitable South African company in its industry.

Rob's lifelong fascination with markets and investing has refined investing principals that he has infused into the Rezco team, to create a culture of innovative investment thinking.

GARIKAI CHIGWEDERE

SENIOR ANALYST

Gari graduated from UCT with an honours degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management. Gari joined Rezco after spending three years on the sell side covering South African Construction and Building Materials as well as Africa (ex-South Africa).

BYRON VOS

SENIOR ANALYST

Byron completed his Honours degree in Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. Upon graduating, he worked in the ed-tech and hedge fund industries. Byron recently joined Rezco and covers a range of local and global stocks with a focus on South African healthcare and industrials.

JOHANN LOURENS

HEAD OF DEALING

Johann completed a B.Sc in Mathematics and Biochemistry from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, after which he went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. After teaching Mathematics and Science for over 6 years he joined Rezco Asset Management in 2015 as a trading desk assistant before working up the ranks to become the Head of Dealing, a role he still fulfils. Johann has oversight for all trading and trading related activities

SIMON SYLVESTER

HEAD OF RESEARCH & CO-PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Simon worked previously in roles at Deutsche Bank (London), Cogito Capital and Discovery Invest. Simon qualified from UKZN with a B.Bus Sci (Finance Honours), and holds the CFA and CIPM designations.

Simon, as Head of Research, has a keen interest in how to incorporate new technologies with behavioural finance and traditional investing to build a highly focused, alpha generating research capacity at Rezco. As Co-Portfolio Manager, Simon works closely with Rob in order to generate exceptional risk-adjusted returns for Rezco’s clients. Simon has filled these roles at Rezco since the end of 2017.

SHAUN KING

SENIOR ANALYST

Shaun joined Rezco in 2021 after completing his BbusSci in Finance and MCom in Risk Management of Financial Markets at UCT. His research focuses on the financial sector.

JANDRE PIETERSE

JUNIOR ANALYST

Jandre graduated from the University of Pretoria with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. Jandre joined Rezco after three years in the banking industry, where he was exposed to various segments of investment banking and global markets.

JOHN WILLIAMS

RESOURCES PORTFOLIO MANAGER

John spent 5 years as Group Head of Commodities Research at Anglo American in London and Johannesburg. He spent six years at McKinsey in London and Johannesburg prior to moving to Anglo American. John has a both an Undergraduate and Masters Engineering Degree from Cambridge University, where he graduated top of his class on both occasions. He followed this up with an MBA from London Business School.

WESLEY GARDENER

JUNIOR ANALYST

Wesley graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with an honours degree in Financial Economics. He is working to become a CFA Charterholder after successfully passing CFA II in 2021.
Having both a global and local coverage, Wesley is responsible for building out comprehensive models covering several industries. Wesley's keen interest in the financial markets and investing blended with his passion for macroeconomics makes him an integral part of the team.

WILSON DONZWA

JUNIOR ANALYST

Wilson earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Pretoria, where he graduated with distinction. He worked as a specialist tax analyst prior to joining Rezco.

BRENDAN RAYMOND

SENIOR ANALYST

Brendan completed his Honours degree in Investment Management from the University of Pretoria.
He then joined Rezco as an analyst in 2014 and worked with Rezco for a number of years, covering a range of stocks and themes both locally and globally.

Recently, Brendan has re-joined Rezco after taking time to advise, launch, and transition a few entrepreneurial ventures in South Africa in a variety of industries including retail and manufacturing.

BEN RAYNER

JUNIOR ANALYST

Ben graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BComHons (Statistics) and a BCom (cum laude). He received the Rector’s award for academic excellence and was awarded Best Final Year Student in Statistics. He has passed his CFA level 1 exam.
Ben is currently working as an analyst in the investment team and covers a selection of resources shares.

ALEX HARDMAN

FUND ACCOUNTANT AND TRADE DESK ASSISTANT

Alex finished his B.Com, majoring in finance and accounting, in 2019. He joined the fund administration team to work on both FA and TA duties.
OPERATIONS TEAM

KERRI-ANNE ROELOFSE

HEAD OF VALUATIONS AND PRICING

Kerri-Anne completed her B.Com. Accounting and Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy at Nelson Mandela University. She heads up Rezco's internal pricing team and oversees TA.

QUINTIN PUTZIER

GROUP ACCOUNTANT

Quintin studied at Nelson Mandela University where he received a B.Com and B.Com (Hons) in Accounting. He completed his articles at Deloitte in 2016, and went on to work at Deloitte in Canada before returning to South Africa where he joined the Rezco team as Group Accountant. Quintin is currently studying MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

ASHMERIN NAICKER

TRADE DESK ASSISTANT

Ashmerin completed an Undergraduate degree in Mathematics of Finance as well as an Honours degree in Business Finance (Cum Laude) from the University of Witswaterand. The recent graduate joined Rezco as a Trading Desk Assistant to aid in all trading activities.

CHANTAL COETZEE

FUND ACCOUNTANT

Chantal completed a B.Com. General Accounting degree in 2012 from Nelson Mandela University and serves as the Fund Accountant for the Rezco team.

SIPHOKAZI VENI

OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

Siphokazi joined Rezco after working in the customer service and transport logistics industry for several years.
She has her National Diploma in Human Resources Management from the NMU and serves as an Operations Administrator at Rezco.

ERIDENE COLTMAN

FUND ACCOUNTANT

Eridene joined Rezco after working in the customer service industry for several years. She studied Accounting at Nelson Mandela University, and serves as a Fund Accountant at Rezco.

KELLY-JOAN TURNER

ASSISTANT LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE OFFICER

Kelly-joan Turner holds an LL.B Degree from Nelson Mandela University. She graduated April 2012 and is an Admitted Attorney in the High Court of South Africa. She joined Rezco during June 2020 and assists Management with the development and implementation of the Corporate Compliance Framework and other Legal and Compliance related matters.

RONNIE STRYDOM

ACCOUNTANT

Ronnie studied at Nelson Mandela University where he received a B.Com Accounting degree in 2016 and completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA-CTA) in 2017.

He is an alumnus of the Vice-Chancellor Scholarship Programme and the Pinnacle Leadership Programme for top achievers in Accounting at Nelson Mandela University.

He completed his SAICA training contract at Deloitte in 2020 before joining the Rezco team as Accountant in April 2021.

GRAEME JONKER

LEGAL OFFICER: CORPORATE AFFAIRS AND COMPLIANCE

Graeme studied Law at the University of Port Elizabeth after which he completed his articles and was admitted as an Attorney. He joined the corporate world where he gained diverse and extensive local and international business experience. During his time in the corporate world, Graeme completed his MBA at the Stellenbosch University and participated in an Advanced Leadership program at Cambridge University in England. Graeme joined Rezco in May 2022 as the Legal Officer: Corporate Affairs and Compliance.
CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS TEAM

DALE McCARTHY

DISTRIBUTION ANALYST

Dale joined Rezco in 2015, after working as a para-planner. He completed his BCom Rationum (Law) (Cum Laude) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (Cum Laude) at NMMU. Thereafter, he studied an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning specialising in estate planning and risk management (Cum Laude) at UFS. He is a CFP® professional. Dale works in the Client Relationships team at Rezco and is a Distribution Analyst.

HENK VENTER

INVESTMENT SPECIALIST

Henk has more than a decade's experience as a financial advisor and as such, understands the dynamic between investors and their advisors. Prior to joining Rezco, Henk worked as a financial advisor for 10 years, of which the last 5 years were General Manager of this 40-advisor firm. It is for this reason he can relate to the challenges and provide solutions to Financial Advisors in the Pretoria, Limpopo and Mpumalanga regions. Henk holds a B.Com in Marketing Management from the University of Pretoria, a B.Com Honours in Financial Planning from the University of Johannesburg, a certificate in Wealth Management and has completed certificate courses in Financial and Investment Analysis, and Equity Valuation. He is also a certificate holder in Investment Foundations from the CFA Institute and a Certified Financial Planner® professional with the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa.

LAYTON COWDEN

INVESTMENT SPECIALIST

Layton joined Rezco in January 2022 and brings with him 10 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry, carrying certificates in Wealth Management, Sales Management, Marketing Management & Business Management.

He spent 3.5 years as a Financial Advisor, and so appreciates the challenges being a financial coach brings, while managing client behaviours.
Layton also has considerable experience in Business Development Management, with 3.5 years at Momentum and 3 years with the passive investments provider, Sygnia.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

WALLY GRAY

NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Wally has worked in the investment industry all his life, and established Rezco in 1981 after years in the investment division at a large mining resource company, then as the investment manager at Nedbank, and executive director of investments at Sage Holdings. Wally took on the role of non-executive chairman in 2018 after decades at the helm of Rezco.

LEON KAPLAN

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Leon contributes a wealth of experience as non-executive director. His past titles include Financial Director of the Sage Group and Chairman of the Audit Committee, and he is currently a Project Director of SAICA’s Special Projects with the Departments of Education and Health.

BERNIE NACKAN

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As well as acting as non-executive director for Rezco, Bernie holds the same position at Redefine SA and UK. He is a past Executive Director of the Sage group, and a Managing Director of Sage Unit Trusts. Bernie also served on the CIS Advisory Committee appointed by the Minister of Finance.